Case 75

Graeme Thorne

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Case 75

Graeme Thorne

Bazil Thorne picked up the phone and listened as the reporter told him he had just won the lottery.

At first, Bazil didn’t believe it – but when the man on the other end read out the number of the winning ticket and the name of the syndicate, Bazil went cold all over. He felt flutters in his stomach, and he lost the ability to speak. He struggled to finish writing out the orders he was making and had to accept the help of a few people around him.

Bazil Thorne had just won 100,000 pounds – the currency of the time in 1960. In 2018, that would be equivalent to around 2.8 million Australian dollars.

Bazil Thorne had only bought a 3 pound lottery ticket a few times before. He’d had small wins, 5 or 10 pounds here and there, but this time, as he looked down at his winning lottery ticket, he tried to grasp just how significantly he and his family’s life was about to change….

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

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If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

Additional research by Bonnie Lavelle Robinson

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

Kidnapped – by Mark Tedeschi

 

ARTICLES:

Selection of historical newspaper articles from:

The Sydney Morning Herald: 1960–1961

The Age: 1960–1961

 

More recent articles:

The Kidnapping and Murder of Graeme Thorne – APJ

Inside the story of Australia’s first kidnap of a child for ransom – Daily Telegraph

The kidnapping that shocked a nation – Sydney Morning Herald

The abduction and murder of eight-year-old Graeme Thorne – Herald Sun

The End Of Innocence: The 1960s Crime That Changed The Lives of Aussie Kids – Huffington Post

 

OTHER:

Sydney Opera House Facts

Sydney Opera House History

Year Book Australia, 1960

Chapter XII – Labour, Wages and Prices

Inflation calculator

 

 

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Bazil Thorne picked up the phone and listened as the reporter told him he had just won the lottery.

At first, Bazil didn’t believe it – but when the man on the other end read out the number of the winning ticket and the name of the syndicate, Bazil went cold all over. He felt flutters in his stomach, and he lost the ability to speak. He struggled to finish writing out the orders he was making and had to accept the help of a few people around him.

Bazil Thorne had just won 100,000 pounds – the currency of the time in 1960. In 2018, that would be equivalent to around 2.8 million Australian dollars.

Bazil Thorne had only bought a 3 pound lottery ticket a few times before. He’d had small wins, 5 or 10 pounds here and there, but this time, as he looked down at his winning lottery ticket, he tried to grasp just how significantly he and his family’s life was about to change….

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

 

______

If you are hearing impaired or know someone who is and would like to get a transcript of the episode, please email us at contact@casefilepodcast.com

CREDITS

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Anna Priestland

Additional research by Bonnie Lavelle Robinson

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn 

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

RESOURCES

 

BOOK:

Kidnapped – by Mark Tedeschi

 

ARTICLES:

Selection of historical newspaper articles from:

The Sydney Morning Herald: 1960–1961

The Age: 1960–1961

 

More recent articles:

The Kidnapping and Murder of Graeme Thorne – APJ

Inside the story of Australia’s first kidnap of a child for ransom – Daily Telegraph

The kidnapping that shocked a nation – Sydney Morning Herald

The abduction and murder of eight-year-old Graeme Thorne – Herald Sun

The End Of Innocence: The 1960s Crime That Changed The Lives of Aussie Kids – Huffington Post

 

OTHER:

Sydney Opera House Facts

Sydney Opera House History

Year Book Australia, 1960

Chapter XII – Labour, Wages and Prices

Inflation calculator

 

 

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